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Was Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Malpractice?

August 17, 2016

Cerebral palsy is a lifelong neurological disorder where the parts of the brain associated with motor function become damaged early in life. This damage can be caused by a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain before or during birth, brain malformation, abnormal brain development, or brain damage. While not all cases of cerebral palsy are caused by medical negligence, it is one of the most detrimental birth injuries caused by medical malpractice.

Unfortunately, cerebral palsy is a common disorder, but that doesn’t mean your child obtained the disease by way of nature and development. Learn the signs of birth injuries caused by medical malpractice to find out if you should hire an Indianapolis birth injury lawyer.

Signs of Medical Malpractice Before Labor and Delivery

  • Failure to diagnose or misdiagnose infections in the mother during pregnancy
  • Failure to identify a partial or total abruptio placentae

Signs of Malpractice During Labor

  • Failure to identify fetal distress
  • Delay or failure to perform a cesarean section when necessary
  • Failure to identify a ruptured membrane
  • Failure to identify umbilical cord complications
  • Failure to identify abruptio placentae
  • Failure to identify if a mother has been in pre-term birth

Signs of Malpractice During Delivery

  • Wrongful use or overuse of equipment, such as forceps and vacuum extraction
  • Allowing the infant to remain in the birth canal too long

Signs of Malpractice After Birth

  • Failure to identify or treat seizures
  • Failure to identify and treat jaundice, which can lead to meningitis or kernicterus

Statute of Limitations for Birth Injuries in Indiana

In Indiana, you have until the child’s eighth birthday to file a lawsuit. If you’re within the Indiana statute of limitations and have questions or concerns regarding a potential cerebral palsy malpractice case, get in touch with our birth injury attorneys.

Contact an Indianapolis Birth Injury Lawyer for Help with Your Case

All parents want life for their child to be easy and free of emotional and physical trauma and complications. Unfortunately for some, life doesn’t go as planned. After a cerebral palsy diagnosis, parents might find their minds swarming with questions about how, why, the costs of treatment, and where to turn next. Wilson Kehoe Winingham has on-site medical staff to assist in cases of birth injury and medical malpractice. Contact us for a free case evaluation today. You can reach our birth injury lawyers at our Indianapolis office 317.920.6400. You can also fill out a contact form and one of our attorneys will get in touch at your convenience.

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